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Wisconsin sees uptick in new COVID-19 cases including five new ones in La Crosse County

MADISON (WXOW) - After four days of declines, Wisconsin saw an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

The number of people infected by the coronavirus since the outbreak began, according to the Department of Health Services, is 10,902, or an increase of 291 from Tuesday.

Over 117,000 tests have come back negative.

Three more people were claimed by the virus. The death toll is now at 421.

On Wednesday, health officials released an updated number of recovered cases. That figure stands at 5,673. The statistic seems to rely heavily on the assumption most people recover within a month, rather than actual verification through testing.

333 people are currently hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 with 110 of those requiring intensive care, unchanged from the day before. Approximately 344 of the state's 1,258 ventilators are in use.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates the statistics each day on its website around 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, state figures for the Western Region, which includes Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford counties, there were eight total COVID-19 patients in the hospital, one more than the day before. Three of the eight are in intensive care.

In the region, there are 50 ventilators available according to the state. Five are in use at this time.

La Crosse County saw five new cases, the largest number of new cases since the pandemic began. Of those, one person is hospitalized. 32 are considered recovered by the La Crosse County Health Department.

The five new cases were lab-confirmed. Three of the cases involve a connection to a previous positive case according to the health department.

The new cases are two women, one in her 20s and one in her 50s. The other ones are three males, two under the age of 13 and the other in his 20s. The health department said four of the five are experiencing mild symptoms.

Grant County had two new cases and one new death. They now have 71 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. The death involved a person who previously tested positive. Ten deaths due to COVID-19 have occurred since the outbreak began.

Crawford, Vernon, Trempealeau, and Jackson counties each report one new case.

In the Vernon County case, the health department said it was a man in his 20s who is isolating at home. Of their seven cases, two are considered recovered, two are hospitalized, and three are recovering at home.

CountyPositivesNegativesDeathsRate (Positive cases per 100K people)Case Fatality Percentage (Percent of cases who died)
La Crosse40*3,021028.90
Figures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
*La Crosse Co. differs from the state with one additional case. The figure from La Crosse County is used here.
The Monroe Co. case occurred earlier this month. The person died due to underlying health conditions but tested positive for the virus. The state began counting this death on April 28.

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